From our great tour experience we determined there are three primary components that make up the Tour de France. The first part is this wonderful quiet time in which you relax, people watch, and just enjoy the never-ending stream of individuals testing themselves against the mountain. The most surprising part of this was the wide range of ages of the riders. From the very young, to the very old, you begin to feel quite pathetic for any excuse you may give yourself to avoid exercising. You will see what I mean.
The second phase of the Tour is the wildly manic phase called "The Caravan". It is your hometown parade jacked up to the extreme. It is all part of the fun and builds up the excitement in anticipation of the actual race, which is just around the bend.
The final phase, the actual race, will make up part three of this trilogy.
p.s. The song is called Welcome Back and is from Moby's new website.